In London the UK’s FTSE 100 added 43 points (+0.7%) to settle at 6287, whilst the German DAX bucked the trend to settle 14 points weaker, at 7460.
For the week European stocks posted their biggest loss in five months as economic data from the U.S. to China and Germany missed estimates, prompting a selloff in the shares of commodity producers.
U.S. stocks rose on Friday night as earnings from Google and other companies lifted tech shares, but the gains weren’t enough to stop the S&P 500 from suffering its worst week since November.
The Dow Jones added 10 points (+0.1%) to settle at 14548, whilst the S&P gained 14 points (+0.9%) to close at 1555.
Gold futures topped $1,400 an ounce on signs that jewellers and other users of the metal are taking advantage of the biggest slump in prices in three decades.
Gold futures for June delivery climbed 0.2% to settle at $1,395.60 on the Comex in New York.
Crude advanced for a second session, paring its third weekly drop, on speculation that declines were excessive and as the euro increased against the greenback.
Oil for May delivery rose 28 cents to settle at $88.01 a barrel on the NYMEX.
The yen slid to a four-year low against its U.S. counterpart, extending its longest streak of monthly losses in more than a decade, after the Bank of Japan’s stimulus policies were unopposed at a Group of 20 meeting.
There is no major local data due out for today’s session.